shield

noun
\ ˈshēld How to pronounce shield (audio) \

Definition of shield

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a broad piece of defensive armor carried on the arm
2 : one that protects or defends : defense
4a : a device or part that serves as a protective cover or barrier
b : a protective structure (such as a carapace, scale, or plate) of some animals
5 : escutcheon especially : one that is wide at the top and rounds to a point at the bottom
6 : the Precambrian nuclear mass of a continent that is surrounded and sometimes covered by sedimentary rocks
7 : something resembling a shield: such as
b : a police officer's badge
c : a decorative or identifying emblem

shield

verb
shielded; shielding; shields

Definition of shield (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to protect with or as if with a shield : provide with a protective cover or shelter
b : to cut off from observation : hide
2 obsolete : forbid

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Other Words from shield

Verb

shielder noun

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Verb

defend, protect, shield, guard, safeguard mean to keep secure from danger or against attack. defend denotes warding off actual or threatened attack. defend the country protect implies the use of something (such as a covering) as a bar to the admission or impact of what may attack or injure. a hard hat to protect your head shield suggests protective intervention in imminent danger or actual attack. shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand guard implies protecting with vigilance and force against expected danger. White House entrances are well guarded safeguard implies taking precautionary protective measures against merely possible danger. our civil liberties must be safeguarded

Examples of shield in a Sentence

Noun

the heat shield on a space shuttle the slightly built boy used his sharp wit as a shield against the school's bullies

Verb

celebrities who are shielded by a cluster of bodyguards whenever they appear in public she shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Many of the demonstrations have featured umbrellas, in a nod to 2014 pro-democracy protests, known as the Umbrella Movement, when protesters used them as a shield against pepper spray. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Photos: Protesters storm the legislature on the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China," 1 July 2019 The collection didn’t return to New Orleans until shortly after Hurricane Katrina, and since then, the Mylar and plastic tubes have been an effective shield against a humid climate. Laura Testino, nola.com, "New Orleans collector preserves decades of the city’s newspapers," 26 June 2019 Officers testified that Brock was lying in bed with the woman, appearing to use her as a shield, while holding a knife to her throat. oregonlive.com, "Man who attacked 4 in SE Portland told cops to kill him before fatal police shooting, transcripts show," 21 June 2019 Fasting is a shield, so the one who fasts should avoid obscene speech and ignorant behavior. Eslah Attar, National Geographic, "The sighting of the new crescent moon marks the start of Ramadan, the most sacred month in Islamic culture.," 12 June 2019 Basketful of Heads starts with a young couple house-sitting a New England mansion filled with Viking artifacts: coins, shield, even an ax. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Exclusive: Joe Hill is writing and overseeing a new line of DC horror comics," 26 June 2019 The business will provide hard hats, face shields, coveralls, gloves and goggles, as well as the cleanup. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "'A fun thing to help blow off steam': Baltimore's own 'rage room' expected to open in Hampden this summer," 18 June 2019 The latest photogenic scare tactic is the at-home LED shield, which has a Jason-goes-Jetsons look. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, "At-Home LED Light Masks: Effective, Terrifying, or Both?," 31 May 2019 Video footage of the attack clearly showed Woodard’s client, Jacob Scott Goodwin, dressed in a military tactical helmet and clasping a body-length shield, kicking Harris on the floor of a parking garage as Harris tried to flee. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "He once defended the poor in court. Now he defends white supremacists.," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Julie Ertz: 7 – An absolute rock at the heart of the American midfield, shielding the defence from most of what was thrown at it. SI.com, "Women's World Cup Player Ratings: How Every Member of the USWNT Fared in France This Summer," 9 July 2019 Perfect for sideline spectating, backyard barbecues, camping adventures, and whatever else comes your way, the SwimWays Kelsyus Original Canopy Chair with Bug Guard features netting to help shield sitters from winged invaders. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Foldable Canopy Chair with Bug Netting Just Changed Summertime Sitting for Good," 9 July 2019 The combative group tried to shield themselves with umbrellas, a tactic used in the past to ward off pepper spray. Washington Post, "The Latest: Hong Kong leader condemns protest in legislature," 2 July 2019 While dozens of hospitals offer free or highly discounted care that helps shield low- and middle-income patients, regardless of insurance status, from crushing debt, Methodist does not. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "The Nonprofit Hospital That Makes Millions, Owns a Collection Agency and Relentlessly Sues the Poor," 27 June 2019 Applicants are shielded from deportation and allowed to apply for work permits. Greg Stohr, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court will review Trump effort to end DACA protections for young immigrants," 28 June 2019 Applicants are shielded from deportation and allowed to apply for work permits. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Supreme Court to hear Trump’s bid to end DACA, affecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants," 28 June 2019 Some elements of any settlement process, including details of specific conversations between survivors and mediators, are shielded by legal confidentiality rules. Mary Pilon, Fortune, "'How Much Is a Little Girl Worth?': The Painful Financial Fallout of the Larry Nassar Case," 27 June 2019 In the wake of the extradition bill, the umbrellas came out again, as people tried to shield themselves from pepper spray, tear gas, and rubber bullets. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of shield

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for shield

Noun

Middle English sheld, from Old English scield; akin to Old High German scilt shield and probably to Old English sciell shell

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shield

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shield

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large piece of metal, wood, etc., carried by someone (such as a soldier or police officer) for protection
: something that defends or protects someone or something
US : a police officer's badge

shield

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shield (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover and protect (someone or something)
: to prevent (someone or something) from being seen

shield

noun
\ ˈshēld How to pronounce shield (audio) \

Kids Definition of shield

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a broad piece of armor carried (as by a soldier) for protection
2 : something that serves as a defense or protection the heat shield on a space shuttle

shield

verb
shielded; shielding

Kids Definition of shield (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover or screen (as from danger or harm) : provide with protection Shield your eyes from the glare.

shield

noun
\ ˈshēld How to pronounce shield (audio) \

Medical Definition of shield

: a structure, device, or part that serves as a protective cover or barrier a lead shield to protect against X-rays

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